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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' (goldenrod)

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

goldenrod or wrinkleleaf goldenrod

A compact, cascading, clump-forming native cultivar with a radiating flower form that really looks like fireworks! A great addition for late season color and to lure the butterflies in. Selected and named by Ken Moore of North Carolina Botanical Garden in 1970. Introduced by Niche Gardens.

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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' - 50 per flat Availability
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3-4 Feet


2-3 Feet


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

goldenrod Interesting Notes

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' is a striking, clump-forming perennial with stiff lateral electric-yellow inflorescences in early to mid-autumn that are reminiscent of exploding fireworks. This tough and robust cultivar of wrinkle-leaf goldenrod performs very well in full sun and seasonally dry soils reaching 3-4’ tall. Fireworks wrinkle-leaf goldenrod attracts many pollinating insects when flowering. It blooms for up to two weeks and is an excellent perennial border or meadow companion for Andropogon virginicus, Schizachyrium scoparium, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon’s Favorite' and Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve 'Bluebird'. - Mt. Cuba Center

This one should be called 'Finale', a more accurate description of the multitude of fluffy golden sprays on nearly horizontal flowering spikes that seem to burst from this lush green bushy perennial like sizzling skyrockets. Excellent interspersed with Asters, grasses and other meadow plants, this familiar eastern species is a real treat in gardens west of the Rockies as well. - Digging Dog Nursery

This 1993 introduction from Ken Moore of the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill was originally selected from a NC coastal plain population of S. rugosa. Despite its southern heritage, it was rated #1 in the goldenrod trials at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From a slowly spreading rhizome, the stalks emerge upward in late spring, topping out at 3' tall. In mid-August in NC the clumps are showered with 18" long arching spires of brilliant yellow flowers held well atop the foliage. The flowers resemble fireworks or literally bombs bursting in of the finest additions to the fall garden! - Plant Delights Nursery

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. More tolerant of wet soils than others. Propagate by seed or division. Cut back to encourage rebloom. Best used in a meadow, butterfly or wildflower gardens.

Good Substitutions

seaside goldenrod Solidago sempervirens
goldenrod Solidago Little Lemon® 'Dansolitlem'
goldenrod Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece'
grass-leaved goldenrod Solidago graminifolia

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Native to North America
Propagation Type